Skin is your body’s barrier against foreign invaders and the right skin care protects skin so skin can protect you. Protective skin care is even more important when you have diabetes because skin problems are harder to heal, and diabetes actually leaves your skin more vulnerable to woes, including dryness and fungal and bacterial infections. Diabetes causes changes in the blood vessels that bring nutrients to skin cells, and it causes nerve damage that can keep you from noticing conditions that would otherwise cause discomfort or pain. Prevention is easier than correction.
Start with a line of diabetes skin care products that are made for your needs and geared to moisturizing and guarding against infection, like Diabet-X. Products include Diabet-x Skin Therapy, a daily prevention treatment that hydrates, exfoliates, soothes and promotes healthy tissue growth. Its antibacterial ingredients including triclosan and nonoxynol-9 help prevent infections, and vitamins A D and E, aloe vera, urea and allantoin promote healthy tissues growth. Diabet-x Body Wash protects and moisturizes while it cleanses. With collagen, humectants, Vitamin B12 and Triclosan, this antibacterial wash leaves skin fresh, clean and soothed and provides germ-killing protection that lasts for hours. When needed, Diabet-x Antifungal Skin Treatment helps promote faster healing of athlete’s foot, ringworm and other fungal conditions that often affect people with diabetes. Foot care is an especially important aspect of skin care, and Diabet-x Callus Treatment is a callus cream that protects against bacteria while gently eliminating calluses from fingertips and feet.
One of the consequences of diabetes is a tendency toward fungal infections. Again, prevention is key, often by drying skin thoroughly after cleansing. When signs of a fungus infection appear, using an antifungal powder is often helpful. Look for products that contain a 2% miconazole nitrate in a non-caking corn starch base, like Micro-Guard Antifungal Powder for the treatment of most superficial skin infections caused by the yeast Candidiasis, including jock itch, ringworm and athlete's foot.
Any skin break, irritation or wound needs prompt attention to avoid developing an infection. Specialty products include Triderma Scar Block, a medical strength silicone and AP4 aloe gel that promotes maximum healing power for scars. It provides a clear protective coating to help break down existing scar tissue, minimize new scars and help generate faster healing of injured skin from cuts, scrapes, burns, incisions or other skin injury.
Caring for skin is a daily must when you have diabetes. Having the right products for your skin’s needs makes this less of a chore and more of a healthy approach to caring for yourself.